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National Assembly Considers Special Courts To Auction Abandoned Port Containers

The National Assembly may soon amend the Nigerian Customs Act to make provision for the establishment of special courts to auction abandoned containers at the nation’s ports. The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise, Leke Abejide, gave the hint on Tuesday during an engagement with stakeholders in the maritime sector. The acting …

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Ndume: Insurgents Who Surrendered Will Be Useful To Security Agencies

Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) says repentant insurgents will be useful to security agencies. Ndume said this while responding to questions from State House reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, the surrendered insurgents will be useful to the security agencies through the provision of needed information that can lead to …

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House Minority Caucus Demands Probe Of $418m Judgment Debts

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has called for an investigation into the payment of $418 million Paris Club refund-related judgment debts to six creditors, which was recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, despite widespread national objection by stakeholders, including state governors, chairmen of local governments and anti-graft agencies. The caucus, in a …

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Why Boko Haram Members Should Be Encouraged To Surrender – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said on Monday that more Boko Haram members should be encouraged to surrender. He said the news that the terrorists are coming out of their trenches to surrender to Nigerian troops is “a welcome development”. Lawan stated this in Maiduguri, Borno State at the Palace of Shehu of Borno, Abubakar …

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My Slain Son’s Life Not Better Than Any Nigerian’s, Says Sen. Bala Na’Allah

Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, whose eldest son, Abdulkareem, was murdered at his Malali home in Kaduna State, has said his son’s life is not better than that of any other Nigerian. In a statement he issued on Monday, Na’Allah expressed hope that his death will play a major role in finding solutions to Nigeria’s problems. …

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Release Igboho To Continue His Journey, Soyinka Tells Benin Republic

The playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka has called on the government of the Republic of Benin to release Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to continue his journey. Speaking with journalists in Lagos on Friday during an interactive session titled, “Sanctions on the loose: Chasing the gnat with a sledgehammer,” the elder …

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House Minority Caucus Decries FG’s Clampdown On Media

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has frowned upon the federal government’s growing clampdown on the media, as well as the lack of professionalism and neutrality on the part of the regulatory agency under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government. The caucus said its position was predicated on the query issued Channels Television …

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Constitution Amendments: Reps Want INEC To Conduct LG Polls

The House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review, says it is considering the return of the conduct of local government elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission. The green chamber said it was a way of ensuring a secured tenure for elected local government leaders. Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Speaker of the House …

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Insecurity: Ndume Talks Tough, Says Bandits Becoming Daring

Former leader of the Senate, Mohammed Ali Ndume, has condemned Tuesday’s attack on the Nigerian Defence College (NDA), in Kaduna, by bandits, describing it as unfortunate. Ndume who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, however, said the attack is not the first on military facilities. He said for the first time, bandits had the audacity to …

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Deputy Speaker Condemns Latest Attack On Yelwa Zangam Village

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Ahmed Idris Wase has condemned in strong terms yet another attack on Yelwa Zagam village in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state. The Deputy Speaker described the attack as “inhuman, senseless and unwarranted”, saying “The attackers must be brought to book.” In a …

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Reps Threaten To Withhold CAC’s 2022 Budget Over Missing Financial Reports

The House of Representatives has threatened to withhold budgetary allocation to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) after the commission failed to render financial statements going back four years. Chairman, House Committee on Finance disclosed this when Registrar General of the Commission, Abubakar Garba made a submission at the ongoing interactive session on 2022-2024 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework …

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Ifeanyi Ubah Slams Soludo Over WAEC Certificate Comments

The governorship candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP) and senator representing Anambra South district, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah has blasted the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate Prof. Chukwuma Soludo over his comment against candidates with WAEC certificate in the November 6 election. Ubah who challenged Prof Soludo in an open debate, said he recently graduated …

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We Did Not Take $10m Bribe To Pass PIA – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has denied allegations that he and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, collected a $10 million bribe to pass the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which provides 3% to host communities. He rejected the allegations, which had also suggested that the bribery was facilitated by a serving minister, while speaking …

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FIRS Seeks Establishment Of Federal Revenue Court

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is seeking the establishment of a federal revenue court. This is contained in a document sent to the house of representatives for consideration the FIRS said federal revenue court would increase revenue generation for the cash-strapped Muhammadu Buhari-led government. The bill is also seeking the removal of powers to …

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There’ll Soon Be No Woman In Senate – If Nothing Is Done To Close The Gap Says Abaribe

Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senate minority leader, says the number of national assembly seats should be increased so as to get more women involved in governance. The senator made the argument while addressing the topic ‘Enhancing Women’s Participation and Partnership in Governance and Development’ at ‘Nkata’, a virtual conference, on Saturday. The virtual event was hosted …

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Former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu Is Dead

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, is dead. He died early today (Tuesday) in Abuja. Sources said he may have died of COVID-19. The late former deputy Senate President will be buried at 2 pm today. Mantu, who hailed from Gindiri, in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, was an influential political figure …

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House Of Representatives Member, Omolafe Adedayo Dies

The lawmaker representing Akure North and Akure South in the House of Representatives, Hon Omolafe Adedayo Isaac aka” Expensive”, is dead. Hon Omolafe died around 2 am in a private hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Omolafe was elected to the National Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). He was elected …

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Senate Panel To Recommend Breakup Of Police Operations

*IG To Lose Some Powers Over Deployment, Funding*Members Fail To Agree On State Police To make the police responsive, pro-active and effective in the face of a breakdown of internal security, the Senate Committee on Constitution Amendment is considering a proposal that will tinker with the structure of the police. The committee resorted to adjustment …

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Senate Committee Did Not Propose Creation Of 20 New States – Sen. Basiru

THE upper chamber of the National Assembly has debunked media reports that the Senate Committee for the Review of 1999 Constitution has proposed the creation of additional 20 states. The Senate, in a press release by its Spokesperson Ajibola Basiru, stated that the report was a gross misrepresentation of the decision of the committee on …

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